ViaSat Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Some really smart people in the company , work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent compensation, good work environment and the company really does care about its employees (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours are to be expected and there is a sort of herd mentality that you need to adapt to (in 7 reviews)

  • Non-engineers could really use an org-chart and escalation path to get work done (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great company, culture, benefits & opportunities; salaries not as great

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Culture, Opportunities to grow and move within the company, Lots of projects if you want to try another area, Communication, Upper Management, Encouraging. Good 401k matching. Good Employee stock purchase plan.

    Cons

    Salaries are low relative to what peers make at other companies. Hard to believe the benefits make up for the low salary, but I haven't calculated it. Bonuses are given in some departments, but I've never seen heard of any in Engineering. Engineering Directors seem to try to keep salaries down to help make their business area look more profitable. They find excuses to keep from giving big raises.

    Advice to Management

    Prefer better financial compensation or bonus over big holiday party.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Overworked and Underpaid

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ViaSat full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked in the Operation's department for 2 years. There was plenty of work and a lot of bright people worked in the department. The benefits were mediocre, but they did offer extra perks like massages and yoga that you could pay extra for, and a fitness facility. The Carlsbad facility is much nicer than Denver, and the people who work in Carlsbad seem to have a better work life balance.

    Cons

    There was a lot of politics around getting work done with other departments. As a developer, I was constantly being overworked and underpaid, even though Viasat said that my rate as a developer was average. As a developer, there was very little opportunity to move up in the company and a lack of written requirements caused a lot of excess development time. If you work for the company, you will have to speak up so you do not get taken advantage of as a developer. You can easily work long hours with very little appreciation for your work. It is important to stay firm on on call pay, because if you do not mention it, in some departments they will not pay you and expect you to be on call constantly. If you try to transfer into another department and negotiate a higher salary, they will withdraw their offer and you will be stuck in your current department. Also they try to convert you to salary so that they can take away 5 extra days of paid time off and no longer pay you overtime. HR and management do not look after their employees and are more worried about their budgets and how much work they can get from each person.

    Advice to Management

    Work on the development pipeline and gather requirements through user interviews and not just from email requests. Management should pay attention to their employees and show more appreciation in the work employees do. Do not promise creating management roles to people, when there is no funding or actual follow through as a means to retain staff because of lack of opportunities for growth.


  3. Operations Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ViaSat (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Dynamic Work environment Can take on many projects The ability to make a positive impact on the company

    Cons

    pay may be lower than comparable position elsewhere


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  5. Non-"Engineering" Internship

    Former Employee - Facilities Engineering Intern in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Facilities Engineering Intern in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at ViaSat (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, great benefits and programs even for interns, and a steadily, consistently growing company

    Cons

    Small number of non Engineering Interns

    Advice to Management

    There are only a handful of non "Engineering Interns", meaning not in software or programing engineering. Some of the non "Engineering Interns" are actually engineering students as well, but in the mechanical, electrical, or facilities engineering departments. It would be nice to incorporate more of the interests of non engineering interns into the intern activities.


  6. Working at ViaSat as a Manufacturing Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Gilbert, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Gilbert, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at ViaSat full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent collaborative atmosphere, high level of motivation and work effort from my co-workers. Supervisors provided guidance and direction, but did not over manage. There was a constant opportunity for making and implementing my own decisions and ideas when solving a problem. Employees were treated as a valued resource.

    Cons

    ViaSat maintained an excellent company wide culture about providing flexibility and many freedoms to keep its employees, motivated, effective and happy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good employee relations.


  7. Good people, poor pay...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time

    Pros

    Work with a great group of people and benefits are good.

    Cons

    under paid for our responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people more in this department and you will have less churn.


  8. It sounded good in the interviews, BUT...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ViaSat full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice work facility. Casual dress. Health-conscious corporate mentality. Good benefits. Good training opportunities. Get to work with some extremely smart people.

    Cons

    There's a lot of contention and miscommunication between HQ in CA and the Denver office. The Denver office touts that it is work/life balance-friendly, but it's actually not at all. Pay is mediocre, and long hours are expected of salaried employees at all levels. Toxic managers are held onto tightly if they've 1) been there a long time (particularly former Wild Blue employees) & 2) understand the very complex, proprietary infrastructure. It seems such managers are above being let go no matter how business-inappropriate their actions and words are. HR is a complete joke - don't go there with any issues you'd like to actually get resolved. The culture is HIGHLY meeting-centric, so there's little time to do one's actual work unless s/he works the previously referenced long hours. Upper management in Denver wants to be worshipped (no exaggeration). Gossip that hurts the functionality of the Company abounds and isn't discouraged by management. The network is held together with bubblegum and duct tape. (The engineers are very smart and talented. They've just been handed a huge mess to try to manage, so the lack of network integrity isn't their fault.) There are only a select few who understand the overall architecture, and that knowledge tends to be hoarded. Such knowledge definitely isn't shared in a way that's accessible and understandable to new employees, no matter how technical they already are coming in the door.

    Advice to Management

    Have your interviews reflect the reality - not the ideal - of working in the Denver office. (I was very misled in my interviews about what my job duties would be.) Un-silo your departments. Stop knowledge hoarding by long-term employees. Have a lot fewer meetings. Get rid of any toxic managers no matter what they know or how long they've been there. (You're hemorrhaging good, smart employees because of keeping horrible managers.) Stop treating upper-level management like they infallible gods. Really listen to your employees' suggestions; because you have a ton of very bright people there, and they're the ones in the trenches. Promote from within to help employee morale.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Undercompensated, overworked, and poorly managed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Carlsbad office was awesome, no mass layoffs, on-site gym, unlimited sick time if salary, 100% compensation on short term disability if salary. One conference per year. Decent professional development available in some departments.

    Cons

    Tons of politics, driven by powerpoint, egos, micromanagement from VPs, and meetings. Sharepoint Hell. Poor compensation, bonuses are rarely given to anyone and are so small that they are insulting to the few that receive them. Bad inter-office relationships. Carlsbad thinks that Denver is incompetent and Denver thinks Carlsbad doesn't know how to run a service based business. Denver has a history of massive internal power struggles. Especially within the Tech Ops and Engineering divisions. They will put you on ten projects at the same time and expect you to work until you drop dead. Upper managment believes in a carrot on a stick philosophy. They will make you promises behind closed doors that they never intend to keep just so they can exploit you a little longer. HR is incompetent and doesn't understand how the rest of the industry determines market compensation. No room for career advancement. Whatever job you are hired on for is likely what you'll be stuck doing there for several years. Good luck if you're thinking about working for ViaSat in Colorado, you'll need it.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying market rate salaries. Hire more people so that no one has to try to multitask eight different sets of project deliverables at once. Stop making promises you can't keep. Realize that internal promotions and transfers should come with a well earned raise. Stop promoting individual contributors into management positions based solely on their technical skills. Hire new management for the NMS and Software Engineering teams.


  10. Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Quincy, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Quincy, MA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ViaSat full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are nice Friendly atmosphere Low pressure environment Work with lots of interesting technologies SPACE!

    Cons

    Larger company means it's harder to see the results of your actions Little direction from management

    Advice to Management

    Not being bossed around all the time is wonderful, but it's also important to not feel invisible.


  11. Not me best job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer in Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer in Lawrenceville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ViaSat (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice work environment and decent computers

    Cons

    Dental insurance is not very good. Also, it seems like I'm given no recognition for my knowledge and skills. Every time there is a question no one ever considers my answers. Instead they just say "we will have to check with so and so".

    Advice to Management

    This is their company. They need to figure it out.



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